Volunteer Information and Sign-up
Hello and welcome to the Hillsboro Tour de Parks. The Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition and its affiliates extend a big thank you to all of you who have given up time to volunteer for this event. As a Tour de Parks volunteer you have the opportunity to meet and to help many of the cyclists here today as well as make a positive impact on the event itself. Please take time to read the responsibilities for your volunteer position. If you have any questions, we want to hear from you to ensure you get the information you need and enjoy your time volunteering. We couldn't do this without your diligence and support so thank you in advance!
This year, we will have our volunteer orientation on Thursday evening, July 18. Earth Oven Pizza has generously donated pizza for the volunteer orientation. We hope to see you there!
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Click on the roles below to see a job description.
- Registration Volunteers
- Course Marshals
- Ride Along
- Ride Sweepers
- Water and Lunch Station Volunteers
- Park Hosts
- Clean Up Crew
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The main responsibility of a registration volunteer is to register cyclists and gather liability waivers from all cyclists. The duties will include handling fees, answering questions cyclists or other attendees may have, and assigning cyclists their colored wristbands. The wristbands are yellow for the 15 mile ride, red for the 7 mile ride, and orange Le Grande Tour. Please be cheerful, kind, and courteous to everyone attending this event.
Registration volunteers are needed for 2 to 3 hour shifts between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM.
Course marshal volunteers will wear yellow t-shirts provided at the check-in area. They will control bicycle traffic, but do not have authority to interfere with motor vehicle traffic. Course marshals will have to direct cyclists at stop signs and intersections, and direct cyclists to their proper routes according to their wristbands. Marshals will have their location assignment handed out to them on the day of the ride and by email or phone calls where possible.
The Noble Woods Course Marshall has a special job. The long, scenic path through Noble Woods Park is off limits for riding. Hillsboro deemed this a "pedestrian only" park. Riders will have to dismount and follow the right path around to the northern entrance of the park. Riders should be wary of walkers going in the opposite direction to prevent any mishaps.
Course Marshalls are needed from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM or when released by ride sweepers.
Ride-along volunteers will wear yellow t-shirts and proper color wristbands for the ride. The wristbands are yellow for the 15 mile ride, red for the 7 mile ride, and orange for Le Grande Tour. The t-shirts and wristbands will be handed out at the volunteer check-in area. Wearing the t-shirts and wristbands will help the participants identify whom they need to follow. Ride-along volunteers must also role model proper hand signals and other rules of the road. If a cyclist is riding hazardously, then politely give the rider a warning. If someone repeatedly disregards the well-being of himself/herself or others, please contact the SAG support number as soon as possible. Volunteers should lead cyclists onto their proper routes and notify course marshals on how many riders are behind them.
Ride-along volunteers are needed from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM for Le Grande Tour and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM for the family rides, depending on the pace of the ride.
Sweepers are a small group of cyclists that make up the last riders of any route. Their task is to make sure no rider is left behind, has mechanical problems or otherwise cannot continue. Details on how to handle such situations will be provided to those volunteers.
Ride-along volunteers are needed from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM for Le Grande Tour and from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM for the family rides, depending on the pace of the last riders on the route.
Water Stations will be set up at the starting line, Joseph Gale Park in Forest Grove and Cruise In for Le Grande Tour and at the starting line and Noble Woods Park for the 10 park ride. Water station volunteers have to keep water containers full and make sure that water and food are on the table for all cyclists. Fresh fruit and energy bars will be provided. Water Station volunteers should be willing to assist with cleanup after the last rider has passed, although we will try to send a clean up crew for relief.
Lunch will be available to Le Grande Tour riders at Tualatin. Lunch station volunteers have to keep water containers full and make sure that water and food are on the table for all cyclists. Additionally, they will need to ensure that proper food handling and sanitation. Lunch Station volunteers should be willing to assist with cleanup after the last rider has passed, although we will try to send a clean up crew for relief.
Water and Lunch Station Volunteers are needed all day in shifts of 2 hours or more. Water and Lunch station volunteers should check in at the start line (3rd and Lincoln) before heading to their assigned venues.
Park Hosts will greet riders as they enter each park and stamp their "Tour de Parks Passport". Park hosts should be able to direct riders on the best route through the park and to amenities such as restrooms or water stations.
Park Hosts are needed from 1:00 PM until 4:00 PM or when released by ride sweepers.
Clean up volunteers are in charge of cleaning up their respective area after the event is over. This will include taking down tables and stands, packing up extra foods and returning it to the start line, and making sure the area is clean of garbage and debris, and hauling recyclables to where they can be properly disposed of. You will be asked to leave the area in the condition it was before Tour De Parks event was setup.
Clean up volunteers are needed all day in shifts of 2 hours or more. Clean Up volunteers should be somewhat flexible in their timing, since they depend on when the last riders pass through a stop.
Mechanic volunteers will be manning bike check up booth at the starting line and assisting the SAG crew with minor repairs. Some of these repairs include, fixing flat tires, re-attaching chains, and making derailleur adjustments.
Mechanic volunteers are needed all day in shifts of 2 hours or more.